From Saul to Paul

Not many things anywhere are more significant than the call and salvation of the person we know as Paul the Apostle.

The salvation and dramatic change of Saul of Tarsus is one of the seminal events in the history of the Christian church.

After Paul came to know Christ, he went on to write half of the books of the New Testament. He could rightly be called the greatest evangelist, theologian, or missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ. He could actually be called all three.

His salvation experience teaches us a number of things about what it means to be a follower of Christ. It also shows us how we should look at other believers.

Sometimes, we tend to look down on others or we assume that those who were saved may never amount to much. Saul’s salvation and call should dispel those ideas.

What should we learn from the events of Paul’s salvation? (Acts 9:1-19).

First, the conversion of Paul shows us that God can use any of us and all of us to do significant and wonderful things and that no one is beyond the power of God’s grace.

Saul of Tarsus was one of the most unlikely converts in the history of the Christian church. Yet, God used him to take the gospel to the world of the Gentiles. Today, we still get much of our understanding of our theology through the Apostle Paul.

We should never assume that God cannot use someone for His glory and His kingdom.

Second, the story of Paul’s conversion also shows us how God uses ordinary believers to do great things. God spoke to a believer in Damascus by the name of Ananias. He sent him to pray over Saul, to lay hands on him, and to help him receive his sight.

We often forget that behind every well-known minister are many wonderful, unknown saints who are instrumental in the work of the Gospel.

Third, this passage of Scripture teaches us to always seek to obey God in all things.

Ananias had difficulty in being obedient to God. He even reminded God of how dangerous Saul was to the saints of the church.

It’s always easy to second guess God, but it’s always wrong to disobey Him. God always is in control, and God always knows what He is doing.

Whether we have a large ministry or a small, unknown church or group of followers, we must be obedient to God. God works according to His will to carry out His purpose in the world. We must seek Him and give ourselves fully to Him.

Only God knows what will be done by obedient followers who trust Him.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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